East Austin: where to find the perfect gift



Austin is famously known for its amazing local shops and our almost cult-like support of them. The eastside has a lot of new and exciting places to shop, that'll be way less crazy than over by South Congress or The Domain. So if you're looking for a gift that is a little different, for that family member who is "a little different" this holiday season we've got you covered. We've highlighted a few of our favorite businesses in East Austin to get some great gifts that you'll buy for someone else and secretly wish you'd kept it for yourself.


take heart

take heart is a small East Austin boutique that has some of the most desirable gifts for the person in your family who has exceptional taste in well crafted, simple, design. The shop showcases local and international artists, with an emphasis on Japanese design. You can find beautiful tea sets, stationary items, fragrances, children's things, and so much more.

1111 E. 11th St.

Las Cruxes

Las Cruxes is a wonderful boutique on E. 12th Street that supports local Austin artists and designers through the shop and decorating the store with sculptures. With an eclectic, ever-changing, offering of art, records, books, clothing, shoes, jewelry, and other objects, Las Cruxes has something that'll appeal to the curiosity of anyone who walks through their doors.

1900 E. 12th St.

the special

The special is a relative newcomer to East Austin, but they've made quite an impression with their thoughtfully curated shop. The special offers a blend of vintage antiques, modern designer items, fragrances, jewelry and beautiful mid-century modern furniture. It's near impossible to leave this store without finding something you love.

1008 E. 6th St.